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Poster: BigDanTeague Date: Jun 26, 2009 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Rhino info

Hello Boys,

Big Dan here to give you a little information about Rhino. For those of you that don't know, Jason Spitz is the Merchandise Manager at Rhino for all things Grateful Dead. That means this boy is in charge of all music and merchandise as well as the website.

If you ask Big Dan what the problem is, it's him. I am going to ask you Archive members a very simple question and I want an answer. Do you think this boy is truly in touch with the community? With those cheap skinny T-shirts and those cut up releases in cardboard packaging? He needs to recognize his customer and ask hisself "Who am I dealing with"? Its a simple excercise in psychology gentlemen, and this boy just does'nt get it. Big Dan is not the only one within the organization that believes this. There are others who make decisions, but young Jason is the contact.

Members of the Archive, I am gonna propose you a proposition. Email Jason directly and tell him what you think. His Email is

Jason.Spitz@Rhino.com

Big Dan thinks the members of the Archive should know this little tidbit of information that is both informative and pejorative. Members of the Archive I thank you for your time and patience. Big Dan salutes you.

Sincerely,

Big Dan Teague

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jun 26, 2009 10:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rhino info


http://www.archive.org/details/little_grateful_dan

For some reason your post made me recall this nugget from NC

No offence

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jun 28, 2009 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rhino info

The whole thing sounds utterly silly. The Rhino releases have all been top-shelf and very predictable shows. Nothing Earth Shattering. I mean 2.14.68 is a no-brainer. 6.18.74 a no-brainer. Jerry's daughter's boyfriend's could have picked these shows.

Sounds like a ton of bad karma among the low-paying ranks at Rhino.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 26, 2009 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rhino info

Can I buy a Bible?

FYI, in your own words, "You don't say much my friend, but when you do it's to the point, and I salute you for it. "

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 26, 2009 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rhino info

I don't know about the rest of you boys, but when I hear the name "Big Dan" I just want to r-u-n-n-o-f-t.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Jun 26, 2009 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rhino info

I have no strong feelings one way or the other re: Rhino and their stewardship of GD assets. But idle curiosity led me to do a quick search on Jason Spitz & Rhino, and I thought this blog response from him might help put a human face to the name.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m deeply in mourning for the loss of the Rock Star, but certainly you can see the economic factors behind the cultural ones. Hip hop claimed a large swath of the white American teenagers that otherwise would’ve been rocking out to Skynrd, Foreigner, or The Nuge. The Kids just ain’t that into rock n roll anymore, and as a result, a band can’t draw the broad young audience it needs to pack coliseums to the rafters anymore. Case in point - The Police were ubiquitous stadium-rockers just a generation ago, and their reunion is drawing their fans out en masse. But those geezers don’t determine what’s hot anymore. Or at least, they’re not the "target market" I keep hearing about.

I agree with you, though — it’s sad that music has become such a commodity. I work with the Grateful Dead, so I know there are still superfans out there who treasure the music as something sacred and transcendental, but they are the exeptions. Nowadays there’s so much music everywhere, and so much of it mediocre, that it’s hard to invest yourself fully in anything for very long. Luckily, I work at Rhino Records, so I have the chance to dig deep into the good shit of decades past.

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Poster: BigDanTeague Date: Jun 26, 2009 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rhino info

Friends, that response is absolute hogwash of the highest order! If there is no market for The Grateful Dead then why in the hell is Rhino investing so many resources in it. If young Jason feels the way he does about the presupposed "GEEZERS" then why would the boy hold the position he does. Gentelmen, that is a clandestine cop-out and I will not stand for such a statement from young Jason. Big Dan speaks his mind boys, and as usual I appreciate your good taste and hospitality.

I'll see you boys in the funny papers

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Jun 26, 2009 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rhino info

Hmmm…. I don’t know you or Jason, but it seems like you personally may have issues with him. I won’t engage in a tit-for-tat argument since I’m not passionate on this issue. I just thought it a bit odd to see a poster out of nowhere providing a personal email and encouraging people to voice displeasure to Jason. Rhino is a corporation, and the band entered into a business relationship with Rhino. Individual employees, and their positions within the company, are an internal matter to Rhino. I would be more open to your post had you not singled out an individual, and just left it at encouraging folks to email a generic rhino address. Giving feedback to the company is entirely appropriate, but singling out one person as the bad guy seems in bad taste. Besides, if he’s in the position you say he is, I wouldn’t be surprised if he reads these forum posts - especially after new Rhino releases - in which case he’s getting plenty of positive & negative feedback already.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Jun 26, 2009 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rhino info

Exactly. I could not be less interested in harrassing a guy who seems not to be the one who pulls the trigger on releases anyway. Even if he does make the big decisions, my feelings about the matter don't really get any stronger than "I didn't buy the June '74 Road Trips release." Once I got done not buying it, I was totally emotionally drained, nothing left to give. I felt much better.